Kishore Vellody, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Vellody completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has been on the faculty since 2005. Vellody is a pediatric hospitalist within the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. In March 2009, he assumed the role of Medical Director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania. The Center sees over 600 children and almost 200 adults per year making it one of the busiest clinics in the world that is focused on Down syndrome. Vellody is also the President of the National Down Syndrome Congress and is Co-chair of the Professional Advisory Council. He has spoken at a variety of local, regional, national, and international meetings on pediatric hospital medicine as well as the care of children with Down syndrome.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000-Present
  • Society of Hospitalist Medicine, 2004-2006
  • National Down Syndrome Congress, 2009-Present
    • Board Member, 2013-Present
    • Chair, Professional Advisory Council, 2013-Present
    • Executive Committee, Vice President, 2015-2017
    • Executive Committee, President, 2017-Present
  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, 2009-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Microbiology, University of Illinois, 1998
  • MD, University of Illinois, 2002
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 2002-2005

Selected Publications

Young, MR., Wright, MA, Vellody, K., Lathers, DM. Skewed differentiation of bone marrow CD34+ cells of tumor bearers from dendritic toward monocytic cells, and the reduction of differentiation toward dendritic cells by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Int. J. Immunopharmacol 1999 Oct;21(10):675-688. PubMed PMID: 12609462.

Vellody, K, Freeto, JP, Gage, SL, Collins, N, Gershan, WM. Clues that Aid in the Diagnosis of Non-Accidental Trauma Presenting as an Apparent Life-Threatening Event. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2008 Nov; 47(9):912-918.  PubMed PMID: 18648082.

Vellody, K, Zitelli, BJ. Consultative Pediatrics in the New Millennium. J Hosp Med 2010 Jan;5(1):e34-40. PubMed PMID: 20063284.

Lavigne J, Sharr C, Ozonoff A, Prock LA, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McCannon JB, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier KL, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG.  National Down Syndrome Patient Database: Insights from the development of a multi-center registry study. Am J Med Genet Part A 2015 Nov;167A(11):2520–2526.  PubMed PMID: 26249752.

Horner K, Yamada M, Zuccoli G, Rosenberg S, Greene S, Vellody K, Zuckerbraun N.  A 34-day Old with Fever, Cerebrospinal Fluid Pleocytosis, and Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia. Pediatrics 2016 Jan;137(1): 1-8.  PubMed PMID: 26644490.

Schwartz E, Vellody K. Prenatal Risk Assessment and Diagnosis of Down Syndrome: Strategies for Communicating Well with Patients. AMA Journal of Ethics 2016 Apr 1;18(4):359-364. PubMed PMID: 27099184.

Sharr C, Lavigne J, Elsharkawi IMA, Ozonoff A, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier KL, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG. Detecting celiac disease in patients with Down syndrome. Am J Med Genet Part A 2016 Dec;170(12):3098–3105. PubMed PMID: 27605215.

Lavigne J, Sharr C, Elsharkawi I, Ozonoff A, Baumer N, Brasington C, Cannon S, Crissman B, Davidson E, Florez JC, Kishnani P, Lombardo A, Lyerly J, McDonough ME, Schwartz A, Berrier K, Sparks S, Stock-Guild K, Toler TL, Vellody K, Voelz L, Skotko BG. Thyroid dysfunction in patients with Down syndrome: Results from a multi-institutional registry study. Am J Med Genet Part A 2017 Jun;173(6):1455–1459. PubMed PMID: 28332275.

Hart SJ, Zimmerman K, Linardic CM, Cannon S, Pastore A, Patsiogiannis V, Rossi P, Santoro SL, Skotko BG, Torres A, Valentini D, Vellody K, Worley G, Kishnani PS.  Detection of iron deficiency in children with Down syndrome.  Genet Med 2019 Aug 16: Epub ahead of print.  PMID: 31417190

Santoro SL, Cannon S, Capone G, Franklin C, Hart SJ, Hobensack V, Kishnani PS, Macklin EA, Manickam K, McCormick A, Nash P, Oreskovic NM, Patsiogiannis V, Steingass K, Torres A, Valentini D, Vellody K, Skotko BG.  Unexplained Regression in Down Syndrome: 35 cases from an International Down Syndrome Database.  Genet Med. 2020 Apr;22(4):767-776. PMID: 31767984 

Academic and Research Interests

  • Down Syndrome
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine